The Story of Creation
When Creation Wines was established in 2002, it meant a brand-new beginning for Jean-claude and Carolyn Martin and their young family. The talented couple had taken the bold step of exchanging the winelands of Switzerland for those of South Africa, and took on the challenge of establishing a winery on a remote farm without basic amenities such as running water or electricity. Situated along the rustic Hemel-en-aarde Road some 18 km from Hermanus, the land had never been planted with vines before. So, a story of inspiration, pioneership, innovation, hard work, and success has unfolded. A tale which is now reflected in the unique new Wine and Small Plate Food Pairing menu of the estate.
Aptly named The Story of Creation, the menu celebrates the trendsetting spirit of the estate and features seven different courses or “chapters”, meticulously paired with eight award-winning Creation wines. Each wine enhances an artfully created small plate dish and thus the Creation narrative unfolds with each delectable chapter. According to Carolyn, wine pairing guru of Creation, The Story of Creation aims to convey the art and science of flavour profiling in a unique, interactive way. Imagine the fragrant, elegantly spicy Creation Reserve Pinot Noir matched with a dish of goat’s-milk cheese, beetroot, raspberry, pomegranate, radish, pistachio, and Pinot Noir salt, along with smoked duck breast and flavourful jus – pure magic to the palate. The vibrant and seductive Creation Reserve Chardonnay spectacularly enhances a small plate of Boerenkaas, fynbos honey, bee pollen, and truffle oil – a wow to behold, a delight to savour!
On winning Wine Tourism South Africa’s prestigious Klink Award for Great Pairings for the fourth time this year, Carolyn pointed out that a pairing is only as good as the wine allows it to be. There can be no doubt as to the quality of Creation wines. Eight wines scored 90 points and more in a tasting conducted by Neal Martin for Robert Parker Wine Advocate. Jamie Goode recently allocated no less than 14 Creation wines 90 and more. At a vertical tasting of the Creation Reserve Pinot Noir (2010 – 2016), Greg Sherwood MW scored them all above 90.
The Creation team also recently introduced an exciting new Brunch Pairing menu while another newcomer to their repertoire is the rather intriguing Kiss & Tell Pairing. In fact, since the estate’s initial Wine and Cheese Platter Pairing, it has become a pioneer in the field of wine pairing, now boasting no less than eight different options – a veritable treasure trove of culinary experiences.
Carolyn concludes, “At Creation, we like to think of our Tasting Room not only as a place where we can pamper our guests, but also as a space where we can interact and learn from each other. Our new ‘The Story of Creation’ opens the way to amazing possibilities.”
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